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12-year-old Sofia was born with Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development and means that she cannot speak or walk. Sofia’s wish involved many people: schoolmates, teachers, parents of other children, volunteers, city institutions and friends. When Sofia’s wish day finally arrived, our young princess put on a beautiful dress, got onto a horse-drawn carriage and arrived at the Grand Ball at the Barbieri Palace in Verona. Welcoming her, amidst a roar of applause, was Sofia’s Prince Charming who took her in his arms to dance in a magical atmosphere, full of joy and celebration.
Every child deserves a childhood full of joyful memories. Since 1980, we’ve granted more than 550,000 wishes all over the world to bring hope to children with critical illnesses. However, there are still many more children who need our help. You can give joy today and restore hope for tomorrow, for children just like Sofia.
Make-A-Wish Foundation ® International is an Arizona nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Identification Number (EIN): 86-0726985
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What are your sources of funding?
Make-A-Wish International and its affiliates receive financial support from a number of sources. Contributions come from individuals, corporations, and private and foundation grants. Make-A-Wish also relies on in-kind contributions as well which help to lessen the cost of goods and services.
How much of my donation funds wishes?
Make-A-Wish International is proud of the manner in which it manages the generous donations of its supporters. In 2021, more than 65% of the funds raised by Make-A-Wish are used to fulfill our mission. Visit our Financial Information section to see more of our exceptional donor stewardship.
Make-A-Wish International received a Candid platinum seal of transparency for 2023 and a Four Star rating from Charity Navigator.
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